Tuesday 25 June 2019

The Importance Of School Trips

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School trips are an essential part of your child’s learning. They not only help to consolidate and contextualise the learning that has taken place within the classroom but they give your child the opportunity to explore and extend their understanding of what is being taught in a completely different environment. This helps bring leaning to life!

School backpack laid out with supplies spilling out and shoes placed at the side

St Christopher School, a prep school in Hertfordshire, places value on the importance of school trips for its pupils and offers a programme of school trips each term to compliment the curriculum. School trips are exciting and although it is possible to learn basic concepts in the classroom environment, school trips really do give the opportunity for pupils to understand and learn in ‘real-world’ settings. For example, it is one thing to read about life as a Victorian servant but to visit a Victorian stately home and to have the opportunity to see what life was really like ‘downstairs’ is quite a different learning experience.

For older students there are extended trips, such as residential trips, which help support children’s personal development such as resilience and confidence. Having to be away from home for a short period of time for some children can be a challenge in itself; being away with classmates and teachers in a completely different environment and the experience of being in a residential ‘community’ adds a whole new dimension and fully supports the development of inter- personal skills such as team work, leadership, trust and respect.

Essentially, school trips are fundamental to the development of a child’s self-esteem, self –confidence and resilience and are a vital part of school life and the school curriculum. We all want our children to grow into confident young people with enquiring minds and school trips fully develop and support this process.

Mummy Snowy Owl

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